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Making equity and social justice common sense.

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Narrative Initiative catalyzes durable narrative change in order to make equity and social justice common sense.

We make connections between people and organizations, amplify the best tools and methodologies from an emerging field, and activate new collaborations that lead to greater alignment.

What we do:

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Build network infrastructure

We make connections between people and organizations working across narrative change disciplines. This network, spanning issues and geographies, provides infrastructure for an emerging field and creates space for collaboration.

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Improve narrative change practice

We amplify useful tools and methodologies from the narrative change field, making promising interventions visible to a larger group of practitioners and building skills across disciplines.

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Catalyze alignment in the field

We organize strategy labs, conduct landscape assessments, and explore opportunities for greater alignment among organizations, sectors and movements in order to advance deep narrative shifts.

Narrative is a strategy towards an end; a tool for restructuring the way people feel, think and respond to the world.

Ryan Senser
Toward New Gravity
Polyvocality represented by a collage of images showing people speaking out and making their voice heard.

Polyvocal narrative strategy: Turning many voices into durable change

Polyvocality is the power of many voices to shift and sustain narrative change. Polyvocality can shape culture, politics and society.

Thinking with our eyes: Understanding the power of visual narrative

We think with our eyes. Here, Liz Banse of Resource Media shares case studies show...

Our futures now: Turning imagination into narrative power

Narrative Initiative connects futures and narrative to create power. This article describes why futures are...

Toward New Gravity

As a new organization devoted to connecting and supporting the emergent field of narrative change, we interviewed more than 100 thought leaders in the field. This report captures some of what we learned.

Building Narrative Infrastructure in Minnesota

A report on Narrative Initiative’s state strategy to support emergent narrative change infrastructure in Minnesota that includes what we learned as well as recommendations for practitioners and funders.

Rapid Response Worksheet

This worksheet provides a strategic communications framework for advancing narrative strategy in the face of a crisis or other breaking news development.

We agree, the term “narrative” is tossed around a lot.

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